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Tarleton doctoral student receives international award


Laurie A. McAdams is the recipient of the International Reading Association (IRA) Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award. IRA presented this award at their 53rd Annual Convention, May 4-8, 2008 where nearly 20,000 reading educators converged in Atlanta, Georgia.

The IRA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award honors an outstanding regular classroom elementary teacher of reading and language arts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12) dedicated to improving teaching and learning through reflective writing about his or her teaching and learning process. The US$1,000 award is supported by a grant from Regie Routman. All applicants must be Association members.

McAdams has taught in Florida and Texas public schools. She currently teaches 4th grade general education and English language learners at Martha Reid Elementary in the Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield, Texas. McAdams completed both her undergraduate and graduate programs through the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida and is currently a doctoral student at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

McAdams has received many distinguished honors as an educator, including the Gene & Mary Longfellow Outstanding Student Award from the University of Central Florida’s College of Education, the FUTURES First Year Teacher of the Year Award in Florida’s Volusia County Public Schools District, and was named the first Teacher of the Month at her current school. Additionally, McAdams has enriched and enhanced student learning with her extensive experience in grant writing. She has written and received numerous educational grants from donors, such as Promethean, the Air Force Association, and district educational foundations, enabling her to implement several innovative programs and methods of instruction in the classroom. McAdams possesses a strong interest in educational research, and her research interests include literature-based instruction, the impact of technology in teaching, parental involvement in education, implementation of professional learning communities, and meeting the diverse needs of students.

Since 1956, the International Reading Association, a community of professionals with nearly 85,000 members in 100 countries, has been promoting higher achievement levels in literacy, reading, and communication by continually advancing the quality of instruction worldwide. For further information about IRA, visit the Association''s website at


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